Sunday, July 29, 2012

Confirmed call-ups for T&T friendly

I'll admit to being a bit surprised that the Canadian Soccer Association managed to find a dance partner for the August international window.  Stephen Hart's team will return to their usual training grounds in Florida and take on Trinidad and Tobago August 15th in a closed door friendly.

The two main complaints about this friendly announcement were the quality of opponent (others in the region, including Colombia, were available) and that the match was not being played at home (Montreal's Stade Saputo is available).

But Canadian supporters should recognize how fortunate the team is to be playing at all given past history. Rumour has it that getting players released for this match has been a big challenge already.

Speaking of which, in typical fashion the roster is leaking out in bits and pieces. Here's what we have so far:

Pos Name Club Age Caps Goals Source
D Ante Jazic Chivas USA 36 32 1 [source]
D Andre Hainault Houston Dynamo 26 27 2 [source]
D Dejan Jakovic DC United 27 11 0 [source]
M Dwayne De Rosario DC United 34 68 19 [source]
D Doneil Henry Toronto FC 19 0 0

The selection of Ante Jazic and Andre Hainault reunites half of what was a solid back line in June. Dejan Jakovic had been a part of the previous squads but didn't see the pitch. Perhaps Dwayne De Rosario will finally score his 20th international goal that will put him top of the all-time chart.

I have it from a reliable source that Toronto FC defender Doneil Henry has been called up to his first senior camp. The same source tells me that currently unattached defender Nana Attakora has not been selected.

A recent edit to the national team wikipedia page would suggest that FC Edmonton keeper Michal Misiewicz and Vancouver Whitecaps winger Russell Teibert have also been selected. If true, it wouldn't be the first time national team news was broken via wikipedia, but I won't put much stock into it until there's a more solid source.

The roster will be announced in full on the afternoon of Friday, August 10th.

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